County teams look to get on track
Posted: Friday, September 9, 2011 5:56 am
All four Weakley County high school football teams are at home Friday night.
And, each will be looking to get back on track.
Westview hosts Camden, Dresden entertains Stewart County, Gleason takes on Halls and Greenfield faces West Carroll as the lights will be on across the county with each local team looking to rebound from losses last week.
Westview fell to 1-2 on the season with a 33-17 setback to Obion Central a week ago and will need to find some consistency on the offensive side.
The Chargers had several personal firsts last week as Quentin Walker and Colton Nanney scored their first career touchdowns, Wesley Grimes kicked his first career field goal and Ryne Vinson threw the first TD of his prep career.
Still, it was not enough offense as Westview managed just 129 rushing yards on 48 carries while 78 of its 123 passing yards came on one play, which set up a late score.
Zach Austin had 10 tackles, while Quan Williams recovered a fumble to lead the Charger defense against Central.
Westview will be playing a tough Camden team that seems to have carried right along without missing a beat as the program has transitioned from Kevin Ward to Will Blow as head coach.
The Lions are off to a 2-0 start, having opened the 2011 season with a 29-17 win over David Lipscomb followed by a 14-0 triumph over Bruceton.
Friday’s game at Graham Stadium in Martin will mark Camden’s third straight road game to open the season.
Stewart County will also be playing on the road for the third consecutive week when the Rebels visit Dresden.
SC has won the two previous road games after a home loss to East Robertson.
A week ago, the Rebels rolled over Waverly, 35-7, in the District 11AA game, using a power running game for the win.
Jordan May had three short TD runs for Stewart County, which had touchdown drives of 12 and 17 plays.
The Lions suffered their first loss of the season last week in a 19-7 setback to McKenzie at home. Gatlin Hatchel had a good overall game for Dresden as he threw for 123 yards and rushed for 51.
The loss did not adversely affect Dresden’s position in the state rankings as the Lions actually moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press poll.
Gleason and Halls will both come in off home losses from the previous week, Gleason dropping a 31-15 decsision to West Carroll and Halls falling from the ranks of the unbeaten in a 38-20 setback to previously-winless Union City.
Both teams struggled to stop the run in their respective games.
Gleason saw West Carroll’s power running game produce 348 yards on the ground, while Halls gave up six touchdowns to UC’s Khiry Lewis, who tied a school record with the performance.
Gleason started out very well in its game, gaining 94 yards and scoring a touchdown on its first four plays while limiting the War Eagles to a 3-and-out on their first series.
The game took a dramatic turn toward West Carroll, however, when Gleason was stopped on downs on the Eagle 5-yard-line. WC then embarked on a 95-yard scoring drive. West Carroll later added a touchdown march of 98 yards.
That same West Carroll running game is what Greenfield will have to face this week as the War Eagles will venture into Weakley County for the second consecutive week.
Greenfield is 0-2 after a 40-7 loss to Lake County last week.
The Yellowjackets struggled on on both sides of the ball for the second straight week and have been outscored 88-7 in their first two games.
In last week’s loss to the Falcons, Greenfield managed just 51 yards of total offense.
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